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Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration

2010 Enbridge Oil Spill in Michigan

 

Enbridge Line 6B NRDA Administrative Record

Revised by Lisa Williams June 8, 2015

 

I. REFERENCE LIBRARY (LAWS, REGULATIONS, LITERATURE)

 

A. Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) (33 U.S.C. §§2701 et seq.).

 

B. OPA Regulations (15 C.F.R. Part 990).

 

II. TRUSTEE COORDINATION AND MANAGEMENT (15 C.F.R. §990.14)
* Unless otherwise noted, all parenthetical references are citations to the Oil Pollution Act NRDA regulations.

 

A. Coordination Among Trustees (§990.14(a))

 

1. Trustee MOU

 

2. Letter from Michigan Governor designating Natural Resource Trustees (March 18, 2011)

 

3. First Modification of Trustee MOU (11 page pdf; 347KB)

 

B. Trustee Coordination with Response Activities (§990.14(b))

 

1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Removal Administrative Order under Section 311(c) of the Clean Water Act in the matter of Enbridge Energy Partners L.P. (July 27, 2010)

 

2. State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment Administrative Consent Order and Partial Settlement Agreement in the matter of Enbridge Energy Partners L.P. and Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership (November 1, 2010)

 

 

C. Trustee Coordination with Responsible Parties (§990.14(c))

 

1. Letter to Enbridge Energy enclosing the Trustees' Notice of Intent to Conduct Restoration Planning & Invitation to Participate in Natural Resource Damage Assessment (March 1, 2012).

 

2. Letter from Trustees to Enbridge Energy Transmitting Interim, Partial Claim for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Costs Pursuant to 33 U.S.C. § 2713 (April 4, 2012).

 

3. Letter from Enbridge Energy to Trustees Responding to Presentment of Interim, Partial Claim for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Costs (June 20, 2012).

 

4. Letter from Trustees to Enbridge Energy Transmitting Interim, Partial Claim for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Costs Pursuant to 33 U.S.C. § 2713  (July 26, 2012)

 

5. Letter from Enbridge Energy to Trustees Responding to Presentment of Interim, Partial Claim for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Costs   (October 10, 2012)  

 

6. Letter from Trustees to Enbridge Energy Transmitting Interim, Partial Claim for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Costs Pursuant to 33 U.S.C. § 2713 (February 11, 2013)

 

III. PRE-ASSESSMENT PHASE (§§990.40 – 990.45)

 

A. Determination of Jurisdiction (§990.41)

 

1. Notice of Intent to Conduct Restoration Planning ( § 990.44) and Determination of Jurisdiction (§990.41)

 

B. Data Collection (§990.43)

 

C. Notice of Intent to Conduct Restoration Planning (§ 990.44)

 

IV. RESTORATION PLANNING (§§990.50 -- 990.56)

 

A. Injury Assessment (§990.51)

 

1. Injury Assessment – Injury Determination Framework

 

2. Recreational Use

 

3. 2012 Vegetation Assessment Survey Work Plan (July 23, 2012)  

 

4. Interim, Partial Claim for Assessment Costs Enbridge Line 6B Pipeline Discharge (January 29, 2013)

 

5. Health Assessment and Histopathologic Analyses of Fish Collected from the Kalamazoo River, Michigan, Following Discharges of Diluted Bitumen Crude Oil from the Enbridge Line 6B July 3, 2014 (70-page PDF; 4.4MB)

 

B. DOI Interim, Partial Claim for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Costs (33 U.S.C. § 2713)

 

1. Letter from Trustees to Enbridge Energy Transmitting Interim, Partial Claim for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Costs Pursuant to 33 U.S.C. § 2713 (April 4, 2012).

 

2. Letter from Enbridge Energy to Trustees Responding to Presentment of Interim, Partial Claim for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Costs (June 20, 2012).

 

3. Letter from Trustees to Enbridge Energy Transmitting Interim, Partial Claim for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Costs Pursuant to 33 U.S.C. § 2713 (July 26, 2012)

 

4. Letter from Enbridge Energy to Trustees Responding to Presentment of Interim, Partial Claim for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Costs (October 10, 2012)   

 

5.  Letter from Trustees to Enbridge Energy Transmitting Interim, Partial Claim for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Costs Pursuant to 33 U.S.C. § 2713 (February 11, 2013) 

 

C. Developing and Evaluating Restoration Alternatives (§990.53)

 

1. Criteria for Selection of Restoration Projects (June 18, 2012)

 

D.  Draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan / Environmental Assessment (May 2015)

 

Appendix A: Photographs of the Areas Impacted

Appendix B: Floodplain Oilling Report

Appendix C: Wildlife Response Report

Appendix D: Lake Allegan Fish Kill Investigation Report

Appendix E: Fish Health Assessment Report

Appendix F: Health Assessment and Histopathologic Analyses of Fish Collected

Appendix G: Fish Status and Trends Report 2010

Appendix H1: Macroinvertebrate Report 2010

Appendix H2: Macroinvertebrate Report 2011

Appendix H3: Macroinvertebrate Report 2012

Appendix I: Mussel Shell Survey Report

 

V. PUBLIC OUTREACH AND INVOLVEMENT (§990.14(d))

 

1. News Release (March 1, 2012): Trustees to Begin Restoration Planning for 2010 Oil Spill Near Marshall, Michigan

 

2. News Release (June 8, 2015): Enbridge Must Restore Environment Injured by 2010 Kalamazoo River Oil Spill

 

VI. COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE AUTHORITIES (§§990.23 -- 990.24)

 

VII. RESTORATION IMPLEMENTATION ( §§990.60 – 990.66)

 

VIII. OTHER REFERENCES

 


 

 

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